Sweet Mrs Hubbard!
Yes, there was a Mrs Hubbard, and the Hubbard squashes are named after her. Originally there was only the green version, however, over the years a number of colour variants have come to light. The Golden Hubbard is a sweet fleshed squash that if picked young can be eaten skin and all. It does well in short-term storage (2-3 months). Expect 3-5 fruits per plant. Starts setting fruit at about 1-1.5 meters from the crown. The plant is not as rampant as other pumpkin varieties. Pick out the growing points after 2 fruits have set per vine.
Seed count: Approximately 10 seeds
Best planting: August – January
Ease of growth: Very easy
Heirloom: Typically a variety that is older than 60 years.
- Height/width of the plant: 150+ cm
- Growth type: This variety will sprawl and send out runners along the ground.
- Ideal germination temperature: 18°C
- Average germination in days: 7-10 days
- Sow method: This seed is best sown directly in the soil, as transplanting could reduce your yield.
- Plant type: Tender, Annual
- Plant use: This is a well-known cooking variety, suited for both home and professional chefs.
- Plant/row spacing: 100 cm
- Days to harvest: 95 days
- Seed treatment: These seeds will benefit from bottom heat, however, they will germinate without it. The additional heat stimulates germination, gives even germination and speeds up the process. No other special treatment required.